I may have sounded like an earthy crunchy tree hugger in my recycling post, but the truth is that I am not. That is why I only dabbled in cloth diapering and that is why, to my shame, I currently only have one light bulb in my house changed to the energy saving bulb. I wish I was more earthy crunchy tree hugging type. But another truth is that I like convenience.
I am proud of the fact I started using “reusable” bags 10 years before it became trendy. And I bring empty water and soda bottles from work or from day-trips home to be recycled. But these things are not that hard to do.
So, when I recently learned about soap nuts from a friend’s blog, I was intrigued. They are dried fruit from soapberry trees that can be used as laundry detergent. You can use the nuts themselves, put 4 in a canvas bag and throw it in the washer or you can make liquid out of the nuts and use the liquid. Convenient! Easy!
Like my friend, I hate seeing large plastic containers in my recycling can. Even a family of three goes through a lot of detergent. Especially if you have allergies and live with a clean freak who go through 2 sets of underclothes a day, who has also taught the little one to do the same.
Personally, I don’t think a kid needs to change underwear in the morning when she had a bath the night before, but may be that’s normal. May be I’m just an unclean freak. But I digress…
So, nuts that don’t come in large plastic container, that are cheap, that take up less space than equivalent bottles of detergent, that can wash the clothes the same is a no-brainer, right? Why is this the first time I have heard of them? Especially since I have skin allergies, am allergic to any fragrance, etc. Did I mention that the nuts are fragrance free?
But I am a cautious soul and didn’t plunge right in. I did some research, found a brand that was highly recommended, found a site that was basically giving away trial bags for free (plus shipping) and ordered my trial size bags. I am finding out that not all nuts are the same but I am reading good reviews of NaturOli brand so I’ll probably buy my bulk from them.
I did my first load last night. I took out the wet clothes and sniffed. No smell! Well, kind of a clean fresh smell. Unfortunately we don’t generally have soiled clothes so it was hard to determine if the soap nuts actually cleaned the clothes. I think on my next load, I’ll at least put a smudge on some thing. But so far I am satisfied. And excited! I feel like every one should be told about this! Why wouldn’t you want to use this???
Anyway, stay tuned! I think my next load will be whites.